Lead Houdini FX Artist

Axis Animation
Glasgow, G3, United Kingdom
Job type: Contract

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Job Description

Axis Animation is looking to hire experienced LEAD HOUDINI FX ARTISTS on an ongoing basis to lead project based FX  teams. There is potential for exceptional candidates to move into a more permanent role within the team.

This role requires a skilled FX artist with a broad background creating high quality FX assets and shots across a variety of projects.

You’ll be a personable, pro-active, self starter who can motivate and lead the team around you as well as work with the project Director to realise his vision and ensure the standard and quality of the FX is consistently high.

Prior Lead experience is beneficial, however this would be a good opportunity for an experienced Mid or Snr artist to step up. Thorough knowledge of Houdini is essential as is the ability to troubleshoot technical problems. A good understanding of the animation pipeline including pre-production, production and post-production is also beneficial

Tasks will include building FX assets to create a variety of realistic and stylised FX elements, and implementing these on specific shots, providing the lighting and comp team with both test and final renders of these elements.

Candidates must be willing and able to work onsite in Glasgow, and preferably have relevant visas in place permitting this at time of application. However sponsorship VISAs may be possible for exceptional candidates.


  • Managing a team of FX artists, keeping them on track and motivated
  • Quality controlling FX output on assigned project
  • Feedback and managing technical challenges on project alongside the CG Supervisor and Dept leads
  • Liase with production on task assignment and scheduling of the team
  • Interpreting and communicating the director feedback and vision to the team
  • Design and create realistic and stylised FX using sprite/volumetric rendering techniques and Houdini/Maya particle systems
  • Create dynamic or rigid body simulations
  • Create tools, utility scripts, expressions and other digital assets to streamline the set-up process and achieve the desired look
  • Take responsibility for producing the final looks of FX sequences, including integration with other CG elements
  • Provide slap and final comps (as required)
  • Keep CG Supervisor and Head of FX informed of progress, changes and other critical issues

Skills & Requirements


  • In depth knowledge of Houdini FX experience is essential
  • Experience rendering with Houdini/MANTRA preferred
  • 2 + years production experience is required.
  • Having an animation or commercials background is beneficial
  • Some experience with MEL or Houdini scripting
  • Some compositing experience, preferably Fusion or similar
  • Ability to integrate into existing pipeline infrastructure
  • Ability to support himself and take initiative
  • Ability to understand and implement feedback

How to Apply

To apply please send your CV and demoreel link to recruitment@axisanimation.com and include the position you are applying for in the subject line, or apply on the website.

About the Company

Founded in 2000, Axis is an award-winning, international studio of directors, designers, artists, animators, writers and producers that creates content for the biggest names in video games, film, television, commercials and online entertainment.

As a creative team we go out of our way to get under the skin of every project and deliver beyond client expectations. We are passionate about our craft, and we challenge ourselves to leave a lasting impression with every piece of work.

No matter the client, brand, genre or delivery platform, our creative output is distinctive, engaging and entertaining.

Accordingly Axis has won numerous industry accolades, including: a prestigious Cannes Gold Lions Award, New York Festival Awards, D&AD nominations, London International Awards, Promax Awards and a Best Animation BAFTA.

In 2014, Axis were proud to receive the Queen's Award for Enterprise, a highly prestigious honour bestowed by Her Majesty The Queen only to businesses that display the highest levels of excellence.